Don Lammers gave his life almost 50 years ago. On Memorial Day, his best...

Don Lammers’ helicopter crashed in Vietnam on Aug. 24, 1968, placing his name on the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., one of 58,282. On Memorial...

Mike and Patty Street recall life in Wayne County, the childhood home of Hawkeye...

Chris Street’s status as an American sports icon has been fixed in lore for over 25 years. His tale has been told not only...

Paul Mitchell returns to heal the Lakota people with his testimony

Paul Mitchell was born in York, Neb., a full-blood Lakota of the Sicangu Nation. The French referred to his people as the Brulé, or...

Travis Wyman roams Yellowstone Park after pitching to Tony Gwynn

In the movie Major League, Tom Berenger’s character tells Charlie Sheen, “That ball wouldn’t have gone out of a lot of parks.” The wild Cleveland...

Reunite the Fight brings veterans back together on a Wayne County farm

This April, Wayne County served as a destination for veterans from across the country. Some of them knew each other overseas. Others were complete strangers....

Choponis reaches 1,300 basketball games while still teaching math

For almost two decades, Rich Choponis has run up and down the sidelines of college basketball games with a whistle in his mouth. Three...

Nancy Hamar departs Iowa after decades of service

Over the span of more than 50 years, Nancy Hamar lived long enough in Wayne County to become one of its most respected citizens....

Once in lifetime find takes Dale Clark by surprise

Around a year ago, local artifact hunter Dale Clark forgot his walking stick on a hike. When he reached the site, which he recognized...

Rebecca Roberts brings Wonder to the students in her elementary class

Across Rebecca Roberts’ whiteboard, thread fashioned to look like black barbed wire is strung across photographs of the Holocaust and World War II and...

Doug Thatcher releases book on Wayne County

Doug Thatcher grew up around a mile west of the Wayne County Home. From his parents’ land, he could see the brick building. “It used...
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